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Placebo and Parkinson’s

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Many clinical trials use a placebo comparison to evaluate the effect of a new drug or therapy. Some people get the active intervention and some get an inactive “fake” treatment that looks the same as the real thing. Volunteers know…

Spinal Cord Stimulation for Parkinson’s

Monday, 29 April 2019

Walking problems and freezing of gait (a temporary inability to move) are troublesome and difficult-to-treat symptoms of Parkinson’s, especially in progressing disease. Current medications and surgical treatments may not fully address these symptoms, leaving people to rely on exercise and…

Parkinson's Wearable Technology

National Parkinson’s Study Using Wearable Technology

Friday, 19 April 2019

Your opportunity to get involved in a clinical study using wearable technology.   Study sites are available in Sydney, Melbourne, Geelong, Hobart, Adelaide, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Tamworth* When you see your doctor, they usually ask how you have been. Sometimes it may be…

Parkinson's Reseach at university of Queensland

Inflammation on the Brain

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Chronic inflammation is a hallmark of many diseases, including neurodegenerative diseases. As evidence grows that inflammation in the brain contributes to the development and progression of Parkinson’s, The Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) is prioritizing research into exactly how inflammation…

Professor Kim Delbaere and Dr Matthew Brodie

Parkinson’s Grant Funded at NEURA to address Falls

Saturday, 19 January 2019

The Michael J. Fox Foundation and the Shake It Up Australia Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF & SIUAF) have funded a grant at NEURA to test eHealth and smart garment technologies to prevent falls in people with Parkinson’s disease. NeuRA’s…

Could the Appendix Play a Role in Parkinson’s?

Monday, 5 November 2018

A new study published in  Science Translational Medicine suggests the appendix may play a key role in the development of Parkinson’s disease. The study, which examined health data from 1.6 million Swedes, found that people who had an appendectomy were 20 percent less…

Genetics and Parkinson’s – PRKN and PINK1 Genes

Monday, 10 September 2018

Learning about genetic risk factors for Parkinson’s can help scientists learn what goes wrong in the disease — even among those without those risk factors — and how they might fix it. Thanks to this strategy, treatments are now in…

Brain

Study’s Measure Parkinson’s Progression

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Two recent papers outline the progression of Parkinson’s disease (PD) movement or motor symptoms in distinct study populations. While these findings do not provide an absolute picture of how one person will progress with PD, the results may help researchers…

Freezing of Gait in Parkinson's disease

Brain Stimulation to Treat Freezing of Gait and Cognition

Monday, 19 March 2018

The sudden inability to move while walking, or feeling like your feet are stuck to the ground, is called “freezing of gait.” This symptom may arise as Parkinson’s disease (PD) progresses, and can lead to stumbling or falling. Unfortunately, current…